“What do cicadas sound like?” asks sixteen-year-old Georgia, who wasn’t born last time they came.

Everyone’s answer is different.

“Like the song of an ice cream truck,” remembers twenty-year-old brother Bob.

“Like the creak of a swinging hammock,” claims Dad, already planning where to hang theirs.

“Like the clink of ice in fresh lemonade, served under the shadiest tree,” smiles Mom, making a grocery list.

“Like letting go of the rope swing and splashing into the river,” exclaims Uncle Terry, wondering if he’s too old now for that adventure.

“Like glorious summer,” pronounces Grandpa, a man of few words.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

hahaha lol. I enjoyed reading how they compared the sound of Cicadas. That was funny. Too many Cicadas here in our place. Making some noise like the sound of a chainsaw cutting a woods during noontime. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Okay, I understand, Julie. We have different Cicadas.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

We don’t have cicadas in the UK; not sure we have summers anymore either. It’s lovely how the sound of them brings different memories to everyone.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Julie, I like how each character experienced the same sound differently. I actually Googled what the Cicadas sound like where I stay and it sounded like a bell-choir! Beautiful!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

It’s fascinating how people associate cicadas with summer and then summer with various memories, different for each individual.
It’s so strange that cicadas appear exactly every 17 years, like clockwork. Here in Colombia we have them constantly, so I am used to their presence just like I’m used to summer all year round.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

This is such a cheery summer story that I really enjoyed. I like how they all had their own interpretations of the sound. I especially love how the Grandpa in your story described the cicadas.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
Reply to  Julie Harris
1 year ago

Let’s hope they do! I have never seen one before so I can only imagine how much of a special and wonderful time it must be.

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